Wednesday, March 1, 2017


John McKane.
Cortland Evening Standard, Friday, December 15, 1893.

Justice for McKane.

Democratic Boss McKane of Gravesend, the czar of that locality of desolate name and bad reputation, the director of fraudulent registration and defier of courts, is to have thirty days to think on his bad ways in prison. After he has served his time and paid the fine of $250 imposed by Judge Barnard for contempt of court, he will be turned loose for a time, a sadder and, it is to be hoped, a wiser man, with his swelled head considerably shrunken and his appreciation of the power, if not his respect for the authority of court greatly increased. Police Justice Newton and three inspectors of election will study Judge Barnard's object lesson at the same time and under the same impressive circumstances with McKane.
   When the boss was served with certain papers designed to check his lawless proceedings along early in November, he was reported as saying, "Injunction don't go here," and as remarking further "Damn the Supreme court." It the injunctions did not "go" then, the court has "gone" since, and instead of being "damned," as McKane cheerfully demanded, has visited condemnation on the damner himself.
   The end of McKane and his gang is not yet. Other indictments hang over them and will undoubtedly be heard from in due time. May the good work go merrily on, and may the day soon come when every man who attempts an election fraud will do it with the certainty before him of punishment swift, sure and crushing.

The Philadelphia Medical News criticizes severely the great modern game of football, which the editor calls slugging instead of athletics, and says it would have made an ancient Greek shudder. Says the News: "The quilted, bepadded, disheveled, long haired, begrimed, scarred football hero, after a savage scrimmage in the mud, is anything but a heroic or inspiring figure."


The Free Trade Features of the Mills Bill Discussed.
   There is only one country in Europe in which the wages of labor are within a half of what they are in this country. That is Great Britain. Wages in Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland are not one-third of what they are here. Those of Italy are not one-quarter. Last year cheap foreign labor was imported into the United States in the shape of manufactured goods to the value of $692,319,768. This was a great wrong to American labor. In the immense amount of imports permitted by our insufficient and defective tariff, the labor of women employed in the Manchester cotton mills, whose wages do not average $60 a year, came into competition with the higher priced labor of our southern and northern cotton spinners.
   Munich is a gallery and center of art. German women, with as many as six children, saw wood in its streets for 15 cents a day. May a merciful God sink the United States 10,000 feet under the sea before this hideous spectacle shall become an incident of our civilization!
   Nearly $700,000,000 worth of the starvation labor of Europe in the form of manufactured goods imported into this country last year! That which came from Belgium in bales and boxes represented the wages of 22 cents a day for women and 48 cents for men. And the highest priced labor in loose cargoes of Belgium steel and iron represented wages of less than 80 cents a day.
   Italian labor in Italian merchandise was imported into this country last year, in competition with American labor, at prices that should fill sensitive souls with horror and alarm the thoughtful for the future of the human race. The pay in the cotton factories of Naples is 50 cents a day; of the Neapolitan marble and granite cutters, from 40 to 50 cents a day, according to skill; of coachmen, 30 cents; of women in lace factories, 10 cents, and girls, 7 cents; of soldiers in the army, $2 a month. Of all the workmen in the glass works of Italy, only the skilled blowers receive as high as $1 a day, and laborers on farms, hoeing or making hay, from 15 to 18 cents a day, working from sun to sun. God save America from such wages!—New York Sun.

It is Literally Packed With Holiday Goods.
   Stowell's Bargain House has a larger stock of Holiday goods this season than ever. The store is packed with goods from top to bottom and anything almost that a person wants can be found there. In the south window is a Christmas tree neatly decorated with toys. An unusually large stock of jewelry, crockery, cuspidors, jardenieres, dinner and tea sets vases, wine sets, hanging lamps, hand lamps, and piano lamps is shown. All kinds of baskets from the smallest to the largest are shown and a counter is devoted to books, another to all kinds of doll's furniture and a third to doll's china ware.
   Owing to the large stock this season and in order to facilitate the handling and display of goods in both the jobbing and retail departments a loom has been added to the rear and the rooms on the second floor have also had to be connected by a stairway and used for a show and store rooms. The entrance to the rear room is surrounded with evergreens and everything, except the tin and agate ware, is displayed that will delight the hearts of the children. Toys of every description, horses attached to every known vehicle, miniature ships, drums, tool chests, magic lanterns, games and everything from a coal jimmey to a vestibule train can be found.
   In this department are displayed every kind of cooking utensils in tin and agate. The firm make a specialty of this ware and purchase it in such large quantities that the prices are much lower than is usual.
   Handkerchief, glove, collar and cuff boxes, toilet cases for ladies and gentlemen and innumerable other beautiful things in plush, silver, wood and celluloid are displayed in the northern side of the store.
   Mr. Stowell's stock of glassware, albums, silver ware, traveling bags, chairs and furniture, framed pictures, dinner and tea sets, toys, games and in fact every conceivable article kept in a first-class bargain house is one of the largest in the county and enough clerks are employed in each department so that customers do not have to wait long before their wants are supplied. The firm invite all to call and look over their large stock before purchasing Holiday goods. (Adv.)

Mrs. Lamont Kept Her Promise, But Rockwood is Puzzled.
   Mrs. Lamont plotted and successfully carried out a very clever scheme whereby she kept a promise she had made and at the same time went clear of an annoyance to the President and Mrs. Cleveland. Soon after Baby Ruth was born Rockwood got Mrs. Lamont to promise him that she would let him photograph the child, whose pictures would be such a source of profit. The Clevelands decided that, while they wanted pictures of the child for themselves and their friends, they did not wish her picture to be scattered broadcast and perhaps used as an advertisement for baby food, sterilized milk and the like.
   The other day the photographer asked Mrs. Lamont to redeem her promise, "Why, you have photographed the baby," said she, "only you did not know it." It seems that Mrs. Lamont, true to her promise, sent Baby Ruth to the gallery, but did not let the photographer know that he was looking at the president's daughter from under the black cloth.
   "Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland are pleased with the pictures," added Mrs. Lamont. And now the photographer is wondering which of the multitude of infants is Baby Ruth. So far he has been unable to fix the identity and her negative, and it is not likely that he ever will fix it. Mrs. Lamont took good care of that.

Benton Bushnell Jones.
Illness of Editor Benton B. Jones.
   Our entire community will be pained to learn of the serious illness of Editor Benton B. Jones of The Democrat. Mr. Jones had been confined to the house since early last week with an attack of the prevailing epidemic of grip, but was not regarded as at all dangerously ill till in the afternoon of last Thursday, when congestion of the lungs set in, which is complicated with a heart trouble to which he has been subject.
   Last evening considerable anxiety was felt concerning him. He passed a fairly comfortable night, but all that his physicians, Drs. Jewett and Dana, would say this morning was that he was no worse. At 3 o'clock this afternoon he was reported as about the same and his physicians do not anticipate any marked change in the next two days. He is very weak indeed. Dr. Webb of Homer was called in council this morning and agreed fully with the decision and with the treatment of the attending physicians.
   There is not a person in Cortland who will not most sincerely hope for his speedy and complete recovery. His son Seymour, who has also been quite ill, is improving. His foreman, Mr. F. E, Plumb, is still confined to the house with grip.

   —The total registration of Cornell Law school is 219.
   —"Jerusha Dow's Album" at the Presbyterian lecture room this evening.
   —Interesting local matter [Mr. Frost] will to-day be found on our sixth page. Let no one miss it.
   —Long distance metallic circuit telephones have just been put in by the Cortland Wagon Co. and the Cortland House.
   —The country roads at one point between this place and Cortland have so drifted that the wayfarer has taken to the lots.— Moravia Valley Register.
   —The annual season of sleighride parties is here, when matrimonial contracts are made under cover of robes, when the frosty air compels young people to sit close together.—Auburn Advertiser.
   —It is said to be a bad practice to put salt on the sidewalks to get rid of the snow and ice. Physicians have warned the people that it breeds disease, and that it has a tendency to promote pneumonia.
   —One hundred and fifty-three head of cattle have been killed at the Oneonta fertilizer works this year, all of which were infected with tuberculosis, and slaughtered at the command of the state inspector.
   —Canada sends forty-eight students to Cornell university, Japan four, Porto Rico [sic] four, Mexico and Russia three each, England two, and Asia Minor, Australia, Barbadoes, Brazil, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Natal, Scotland and Venezuela one each.—Ithaca Democrat.
   —The Hitchcock Mfg. Co. is doing a splendid business in cutters this year. They are now 1,200 cutters behind their orders. They say they are this year receiving orders from parties to whom they never sold a cutter in previous years. They account for this demand for sleighs partly because of the fact that this snow is so general and widespread and not local, and partly because so many factories are shut down and they are now getting the orders that have in other years gone elsewhere. Their natural modesty probably causes them to overlook the popularity of their fine line of cutters and sleighs as an inducement for orders.

Calla lily.
A Peculiar Calla.
[page six]
   Mr. Adolph Frost has left at The STANDARD office the most peculiar calla lily that it has ever been our fortune to see, and Mr. Frost himself says that in all his experience in lilies he has never observed anything like it. The plant is a strong and flourishing one and has one beautiful blossom now nearing its maturity. Within the center of the lily and growing out of it is a smaller one perfectly formed, but with its point turned in the opposite direction from that of the larger one which encloses it, making a double calla. It can be nothing but a freak, but it is a very peculiar one, and, though this same calla has blossomed before, this is the first blossom of this kind that it has borne. The lily is on exhibition at this office and we should be glad to have any one who is interested call and take a look at it. [The home and greenhouses of Mr. Frost were located at 101 Tompkins Street, Cortland, near the Cortland Rural Cemetery—CC editor.]

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